Health & Safety

Golda Meir Library

 Golda Meir Library

Building #1970
2311 E. Hartford Avenue
Phase I Built: 1967
Phase II Built: 1974
Phase III Built: 1987
Four stories plus basement and penthouses
Space: 405,950 gsf

Background Information:

Library Stage I (the West Wing) was completed in February, 1967, the first entirely air-conditioned building on the campus and, at the time of construction, one of the few all-carpeted libraries in the country.

Stage II (the East Wing) was finished in the spring of 1974, adding 80,000 net assignable square feet to the existing 120,000 net assignable square feet of the West Wing. The two structures are joined by passageways on the 1st, 3rd and 4th levels. The Library's seating capacity was increased from 1,500 to 2,700 with the addition of the East Wing.

In addition to providing more bookstacks and reader space, the East Wing contains a separate reserve book room, a current periodicals room, a curriculum library, and a dial access media facility. That installation provides numerous listening stations, each with access to a variety of program sources including lectures, music, dramatic performances, poetry readings and other instructional programs. There are also group listening rooms and an audio and visual center providing the most modern equipment.

Stage III of the Library consists of a tower rising from the center courtyard on supporting columns which were constructed during the building of Stage II. Plans for partial renovation and a building addition are part of major projects in the Campus Physical Development Plan for 2005-2007.

Asbestos Synopsis:

  • Thermal System Insulation (TSI):
    • Phase I: Assume all original TSI mudded fittings in Phase I as asbestos containing material (ACM). Straight sections of pipe insulation are fiberglass. Tanks and heat exchangers may be jacketed with ACM. See photo for representative Phase I TSI example. Replacement insulation is either fiberglass or Armaflex.

    • Phase II:There are a variety of insulation materials used on the different mechanical systems, some ACM and some not. Request sample(s) before any TSI disturbance in Phase II, or assume as ACM. Replacement insulation is either fiberglass or Armaflex.
    • Phase III: TSI in Phase III is asbestos-free insulation; fittings and straight sections are all fiberglass.
  • Textured "popcorn-finish" acoustical ceiling plaster in lobby, administrative offices, main stairwell, W112, W301 and several other areas is asbestos-containing material. Only the thin textured surface is ACM, the brown coat pressed into the wire lathe is negative See photo:
  • All samples obtained of spray-on fire proofing on structural beams and surfaces in Phase II and Phase III has been asbestos-free insulation. We are not aware of any spray-on in Phase I.
  • Ceiling tile varieties are homogeneous and are asbestos-free.
  • Please assume that all floor tile (and mastic), especially in Phase I and II, as vinyl asbestos tile (VAT).
  • Please assume that fire rated doors, particularly those in Phase I and II, are asbestos-core doors. Other doors may also have asbestos liners or cores.
  • Please assume that insulation on emergency generator exhaust is ACM.
  • New roof installed on west (?) wing in 1998. (NOTE: Check with Dan Walker regarding status of roofing application.)
  • Abandoned air-conditioning unit in 401 may have transite (requires investigation).
  • Vermiculite exists in the interior soffit of Phase II, only one sample taken (negative). Vermiculite likely exists in other areas of the building.
  • DOA-DSF Wisconsin Asbestos-Lead Management System (WALMS) room-by-room inspection performed Summer 2004. Please see the WALMS database for additional asbestos/lead survey information.
  • Please see the Library Environmental Project Log for additional information.
  • Please see the UWM Asbestos Inventorypdf format, Adobe Acrobat Required for additional information.
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This page is (1) under development, (2) is in rough-draft form and (3) has not been peer-reviewed.
This is not an AHERA-quality, room-by-room survey report.